Dusan Vlahovic transfer, Arsenal have reportedly tabled an opening offer the player, but have one sticking point in getting a deal over.
Arsenal can meet three of Dusan Vlahovic’s demands, but they fall short in one crucial area that the Fiorentina striker values the most.
As they aim to sign a new striker in January, the Gunners have identified the Serbian as their top target.
The north Londoners are aiming for a deal now to avoid a summer heavyweight battle for the 21-year-old.
Money isn’t the issue for the London club.
Arsenal’s £50 million bid, which includes Lucas Torreira, who is presently on loan at Fiorentina, meets Fiorentina’s value of the player.
Dusan Vlahovic appears to be on his way out of Fiorentina this season, with a number of clubs interested in signing him.
The Emirates club has also set aside £8 million for Vlahovic’s agent, which has deterred other clubs.
Arsenal are also prepared to pay Vlahovic the £300,000-per-week wage that he is seeking with his future club.
Success is the one thing that sporting director Edu cannot guarantee.
Vlahovic wants to play for a team that routinely competes in the Champions League, and while Arsenal is now in the top four, it is far from certain that they will finish there, especially given their eighth-place finish last season.
Ian Wright has urged his former club to get a deal for Valhovic over the finish line.
“Arsenal have done fantastic business up until this point,” Wright said on The Kelly and Wrighty Show. “I believe they do need to get another striker, even if everything can be sorted with Aubameyang.
“I’m hearing Vlahovic from Fiorentina. We need that player who can be between Lacazette and Aubameyang.
“I don’t know what’s happening with Laca, I’d love him to stay, I don’t know what’s happening with him, and we don’t know what’s happening with Aubameyang.
“But if we can get that striker, that hard-running striker who is good at the link-up play and is a good finisher – which Vlahovic is – then you’re starting to think it’s starting to happen now for Arsenal.”